My poor pantry was in a hideous state of disarray and the combination
of spring cleaning and binge watching The Home Edit was just
the motivation I needed to make a change. I hope you enjoy
this look at my pantry organization makeover!
As you can see from all the pictures above, my poor pantry
cabinet was a terrible mess. Between the holidays and my
cooking challenge I had way more food than my previous
organization attempts could handle and I was having a
terrible time finding anything in here at this point.
My first step in this organization was to take everything
out of the cabinet and wipe down the inside.
I spread all the food that was in the cabinet out onto my
kitchen table and discarded any expired food, rounded up
food to be donated, and then began grouping like foods
together (all the breakfast foods in one area, canned goods in another, etc).
Now before I could start putting anything back into the
cabinet there was a small update I wanted to
make. I wanted to add in more shelving. One thing
that was really making things difficult when it came to
organization was the huge open bottom cabinet. As you
could see from the pictures at the beginning of the article
I tried to remedy this originally with a 3 drawer plastic storage
container, but the drawers were full and everything was overflowing
around the container making it near impossible to open the
drawers so I talked my brother into building me 2 new shelves
to add to the cabinet. (Luckily for me there were already pre-made
holes in the sides of the cabinet so all I had to do was buy some
plastic shelf holders and set the shelves on top.)
Once the shelves were complete I went to Walmart and picked
up some cute contact paper and applied that to each of the shelves.
Once the shelves were installed it was time to start one of
my favorite parts of organizing…containing! (There is just
something so satisfying about pouring things into containers. lol)
Unfortunately for me I don’t live anywhere near a Container
Store so my dreams of re-organizing my pantry with items
from The Home Edit’s line had to be contained and shelved
(pun intended hehe) for the time being. Instead, I did all of my
container shopping at Walmart, Homegoods, and
Amazon. (I’ve linked the products I could below.)
Once everything was put into a beautiful clear container
I busted out my beautiful label maker and went
to town labelling everything.
After everything was labelled it was time to start putting things
back into the cabinet which means, it is the moment
you all have been waiting for…the after!
The very top shelf of the cabinet houses drinks. These are
items I don’t use very often so I put them on the top shelf
because they are harder for my little 5’1” self to reach. In the
lazy susan is all of my hot chocolate packets and tea and
behind the lazy susan are extra gatorades and apple juice.
(One super great thing about the lazy susan is that the sections
are removable so it is so much easier to get items
out of the lazy susan when I need them.)
Below the drinks is my breakfast shelf which houses all of
my oats and cereals in matching OXO containers.
Next, on the most accessible shelf, we of course have the snacks!
Followed by the grains and pasta.
And then finally comes the canned goods, vinegars, and oils.
I also have a little basket in the back of the very bottom shelf
that houses extras of certain foods, aka my backstock.
And that is my pantry organization! This definitely took me
a little longer to do than I had hoped (I think my kitchen
table was covered in food for at least a month lol), but I
absolutely love the way it turned out and it is sooo much
easier for me to find anything and everything I need now. I hope
you enjoyed reading about this transformation and that it maybe
brings you a little inspiration for your own pantry
organization! Thanks for reading!